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Valedictorian: Natalie Williams

Natalie Williams


Natalie Williams is from Moab, Utah, and graduated from Landmark High School. They are graduating with honors with a B.S. in political science with an emphasis in peace and justice studies and a minor in business management. While attending UVU, Williams received the Presidential Scholarship, was a member of the UVU Honors Program, and spoke at the 67th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations Headquarters. They want to thank their family and partner for their love and support. Outside of academia, Williams enjoys reading, crocheting, and rock climbing.

Outstanding Graduate - Communication: Joshua Comsa, no image provided

Joshua Comsa

Outstanding Graduate


Joshua Comsa, from Peoria, Arizona, graduated from Sunrise Mountain High School and is graduating from UVU with a B.S. in applied communication. After graduation, he plans to work in government, a creative field, or for a charitable organization. Comsa said that he is grateful for his professors and advisors, who have encouraged and supported his academic success, such as making the fall 2022 dean’s list. Comsa has been married for three years and enjoys making instrumental music, watching movies, and reading.

Outstanding Graduate - English & Literature: Ren Walker

Ren Walker

Outstanding Graduate

English & Literature

Ren Walker, from Dallas, Texas, attended Flower Mound High School in Flower Mound, Texas. They are graduating with a B.A. in English and literature and hope to eventually earn a master’s degree and a Ph.D. Walker was drawn to UVU because of its accessibility, dedication to education, and sense of community. In their free time, Walker bakes and writes and recently learned to knit. They are grateful for the support of friends and family, who pushed them to seek challenges and gave them space to rest when needed.

Outstanding Graduate - Behavioral Science: Haylee Vander Werff, image not provided

Haylee Vander Werff

Outstanding Graduate

Behavioral Science

Haylee Vander Werff, from Orem, Utah, graduated from Orem High School and is graduating from UVU Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in sociology. Vander Werff said she is proud that she made the dean’s list every semester of college and is graduating early, despite experiencing personal hardships. After graduation, she hopes to work as a caseworker or victim advocate and has an eventual goal of owning a nonprofit organization. Vander Werff has two cute dogs and loves exercise classes, such as Zumba, kickboxing, and high fitness.

Outstanding Graduate - Philosophy & Humanities: Madeline Brenchley

Madeline Brenchley

Outstanding Graduate

Philosophy & Humanities

Madeline Brenchley, from Springville, Utah, graduated from Springville High School and is graduating from UVU with a B.A. in philosophy and a minor in classical studies. As a first-generation student, Brenchley was drawn to UVU for its accessibility and scholarship options. After graduation, she plans to earn a Ph.D., studying the history of continental philosophy. Brenchley is grateful for the support of the Philosophy Department and her philosophy undergraduate cohort. She enjoys guitar, painting, climbing, and ceramics.

Outstanding Graduate - History & Political Science: William Clark

William Clark

Outstanding Graduate

History & Political Science

William Clark, from Lehi, Utah, graduated from Westlake High School in Saratoga Springs, Utah. He is graduating with a B.S. in political science with a concentration in global politics. This fall, he will begin law school at the University of Utah, with the goal to work in the public sector. Clark said he was drawn to UVU because of its affordability and range of programs and degrees. While at UVU, he participated in United Nations programs and the Office of Global Engagement’s Global Student Leadership Council. Clark is an avid skier and has run numerous half marathons and 5Ks.

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Outstanding Graduate - Languages and Cultures: Liz Card Bernal

Liz Card Bernal

Outstanding Graduate

Languages & Cultures

Liz Card Bernal, from Provo, Utah, is graduating with a B.A. in deaf studies with an emphasis in interpreting. She graduated from MEWA with a high school diploma and associate degree. Bernal currently works as an ASL/English interpreter and plans to continue this career path after graduation. She said she was drawn to UVU because of the feeling she got while walking through its halls, and because of its inspiring deaf studies professors. Bernal said she is grateful for her wife, who always supports her in everything she does.

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